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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“One of the most highly regarded museums in the world, the massive Museum of Fine Arts boasts about half a million objects spanning the centuries from ancient Egypt to present-day artwork. The museum officially opened its doors in 1876, with a little over 5,500 objects. What a difference a century-plus makes! It’s best to make a game plan of what you want to see because tackling the museum in a few hours, or even a day, is impossible. Highlights include more than 70 works by John Singleton Copley and major paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper. Paintings aren’t your thing? African masks, Native American pottery, mummies, musical instruments, and practically any other media you can think of have a home at the museum. Daily free one-hour guided tours give a good overview.”
  • 284 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“sure it's the oldest baseball stadium - but it's also super fun spending a sunny saturday singing 'sweet caroline' with the whole stadium! ”
  • 294 locals recommend
College Science Building
“A world renowned university! Come see how some of the smarted students in the world live and learn. Maybe some of it will rub off on you and help you with your studies.”
  • 203 locals recommend
Park
“If you're walking through the streets of Beacon Hill or the pathways of the Boston Common, you'll notice a building with a golden dome, made from copper and topped with gold. That's the Massachusetts State House, which has been there since 1798 and houses the state's government. There's plenty of Massachusetts history to take in if you visit for a free tour.”
  • 225 locals recommend
Spa
“Newbury St has both popular clothing stores and little-known boutiques; a great place to spend the afternoon shopping and then to settle down for dinner and drinks. ”
  • 250 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great museum for kids and adults. Check out the Omni theatre and Planetarium for additional activities. ”
  • 163 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Great shopping and food places. A must visit for a new visitor to Boston. A short train ride away it's worth it and very close to the historic site in Boston too.”
  • 193 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“One of the city’s most charming attractions is the small but lovely Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Isabella Stewart, a New York socialite, came to Boston in 1860 to marry John Lowell Gardner, one of Boston’s prominent citizens. In short order, Isabella set to building herself a Venetian palazzo to hold her extensive art collection. Just like she was, the collection is eclectic, with masterpieces by Titian (Europa), Giotto (Presentation of Christ in the Temple) and John Singer Sargent (El Jaleo), to name a few. Isabella left strict instructions in her will that the building remain exactly as she left it, so visitors today can almost picture her enjoying the gorgeous gardens in her Venetian courtyard or warming her hands by one of the Renaissance hooded fireplaces.”
  • 197 locals recommend
Garden
“The Public Garden, also known as the Boston Public Garden, is a large park in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, adjacent to Boston Common. ”
  • 179 locals recommend
Route
“The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Park
“Arnold Arboretum is a lovely Park. It has extensive collections of trees from all over the world, some hundreds of years old. Many education opportunities. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“Great aquarium - medium sized, often very busy but well laid out and worth a visit. Tip - pay for your ticket online/on your phone before you go and skip the line!”
  • 106 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“you can't go wrong looking for a delicious meal in this cozy neighborhood! I recommend making a reservation on open table ”
  • 179 locals recommend
University
“MIT is a world class university and attracts students, scholars and visitors from around the globe. Beautiful campus and lively event calendar!”
  • 116 locals recommend
College Arts Building
“Rhode Island School of Design's museum of art and culture-- a gem of a museum! You really could spend an entire day (or more) here. Admission is free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm).”
  • 85 locals recommend
Building
“The Shops at Prudential Center is an urban shopping mall located at the base of the Prudential Tower in Boston, Massachusetts. The mall lies adjacent to many other destinations such as: Hynes Convention Center, the 101/111 Huntington Avenue office towers, and a skywalk connecting it to Copley Place”
  • 73 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“If you like Jazz, the Beehive is a must. The brunch is delicious. Just sit at the bar downstairs for a libation of sound.”
  • 145 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“There are multiple branches of this wonderful Vegetarian and Vegan Restuarant. Food is healthy, tasty and a lot of it is locally sourced. ”
  • 124 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This restaurant is one of the best in Boston has a viewpoint that looks the whole city! you will definitely like it ..”
  • 109 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Chef Ken Oringer is a 3x James Beard nominee for restauranteur of the year. This is the most NYC in vibe in terms of liveliness and fun. Small plates/tapas focus with delicious food. Great for groups and brunch.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Casino
“You can get good time in the Casino, in its restaurants, bars, places to dance or enjoy the best shows.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Smaller than its downstairs sibling, this enduring rock venue features underground & indie bands.”
  • 77 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Julian's is a delicious staple of Providence and is known for their Sunday Funday brunches, great food/drinks, and an overall chill atmosphere. Julian's is also a great place to meet locals. The food is super yummy, but waiting to be seated on Sundays can be a while, so a drink or two might be in order in the meantime. ;)”
  • 74 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“We've lived in New Orleans, and the mushroom po-boy here is one of the best that I and my meat-loving husband have ever had. Seriously! In addition to dinner, they also have an excellent brunch. This is the same group that operates the delicious veg spots Garden Grille and Wildflour Vegan bakery. ”
  • 59 locals recommend

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